With just a few weeks left in her senior year, our High School Completion student Lexie Federhen is hoping to add one more laurel to her high school achievements: valedictorian of Mt. Anthony Union High School in Bennington!
Already recipient this year of the Gates Millennium Scholar 2015 national award, the Horatio Algier 2015 National Scholar award, the national President’s Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence, the Presidential Spirit of Community Vermont state award – and crowned Vermont’s Miss Outstanding Teen in 2014 – Lexie will be going on to Cornell University this summer.
But before that, she’s hoping for one final high school achievement. Currently #2 in her graduating class, Lexie wonders if her extra-strong effort this semester will leap-frog her to valedictorian status.
Lexie has been attending The Tutorial Center part-time within the High School Completion program for two years, receiving individualized tutoring designed to enable her to deal with her cross-dominance reading disability.
In the regular high school setting, Lexie found her reading disability made it very hard for her to perform as well in classes as she was capable. But at The Tutorial Center, her tutors have helped her develop effective strategies for reading and processing information that have enabled her to excel and demonstrate her real abilities.
Here Lexie talks about her experience:
In addition, being able to schedule sessions flexibly with The Tutorial Center’s Spanish teacher, Lexie has had the opportunity to complete coursework in Spanish that she could not otherwise get into her high school schedule.
As Lexie puts it, “I give an overall score of A+ to both The Tutorial Center and their tutors for helping me be successful!”
We applaud Lexie’s accomplishments and the committed support of her tutors Jess Dubie and Manuel Noguera. Lexie is another example of our ability to meet the needs of a huge range of students. We’ll let you know whether Lexie makes it to valedictorian, though we don’t know how we could be more proud of her than we already are.
GRADUATION UPDATE: Lexie was honored as The 2015 Salutatorian! An outstanding accomplishment that we’re all celebrating!